Robert K Dibden L.T.C.L.
has agreed to take the BSI band to to Scottish Championships in Perth in March.
Borders Competition, Innerleithen
Northern Counties Competition, Perth.
Best 3rd Section Band!
Scottish Championships - a good performance despite lost practices due to winter weather. Placed 5th out of 10 bands.
Scottish Open - a great winning performance of Dark Side of the Moon. Just shows, the more we rehearse, the better we sound!
In and Out
We welcomed several new players on trombone, baritone, Bb cornet and sop. We also gave a fond farewell to David on Bb cornet, David on 'bone, Colin on BBb, Libby on horn, and Davie on sop.
At the end of the year our MD, Chris Mansfield, announced that the band ended the year in an. excellent 3rd place on the SBBA 3rd Section Band of the Year table.
The Band had an excellent season of gigging, visiting Glasgow, Erskine, Linwood, Greenock, Pumphertson, Wemyss Bay and Gourock, raising some very useful money, and showing locals their good local brass band.
Our annual concert at St John's Gourock with local choirs went down a storm. The audience cheered, clapped and sang along. Despite the lurgie hitting several of our players, the music went on!
Scottish Open, Perth Concert Hall
The Band played Dark Side of the Moon as own-choice test piece choice, and won our section, beating some excellent bands. As usual, we played almost perfect in the final rehearsal, so there is more to give!
There were fewer gigs than we usually arrange, but the welcome and generosity of the good folk of Rothesay, Isle of Bute is warmly remembered. And its fun taking the Band doon the watter on a ferry!
Wemyss Bay Gala Day
It's always good to play concert music out of doors as the sound of the Band travels far and wide. And the weather stayed good.
The Band's outing to Dunfermline for a competition was the usual post-Perth rush, and the adjudicator didn't like our (and some other bands') choice of music. We weren't placed.
Scottish Championships, Perth Concert Hall
On our return to the 3rd Section after being away for three years, the BSI Band came an excellent 4th place!!
Fife Open, Kirkcaldy
A creditable performance and a good result
British National Brass Band Championships
A good performance and a good time was had by all!
Greenock S.A. Hall
Britain's Highest Concert
Ben Nevis 1345m
Practice Walk and Toot up The Cobbler
Wemyss Bay Gala Day
May & June
Small group gigging at Tesco Clarkston
Carnegie Hall Dunfermline
Fife Brass Band Festival
Greenock Salvation Army Hall
Spring Concert ~
'Phileas Fogg's Journeys'
an octet from BSI Band wasGigging at Erskine Salvation Army church gala
A Concert for Autumn. BSI Band plus guests, Erskine.
July - September
Summer gigging in Clarkston & Newton Mearns
August & September
Summer gigging in Largs, Ayrshire!
A small group played Sunday at a fund-raiser for Erskine Veterans' Hospital.
BSI and guests played at the Wemyss Bay Gala Day. It was a great sound!
A small group played for the PS Waverely season start at Glasgow Science Centre
BSI played at FBBA competition, winning best instrumentalist, finishing 3rd in section.
A group from the band played at a private event at a car showroom in Motherwell
Perth Concert Hall
The BSI Band played well for a commendable 7th out of 16 bands. Well done!
BSI Band plus guests
St John's Kirk
BSI Band played for the grand Christmas Tree Lights-On at Wemyss Bay Community Centre.
The band hosted a concert with other musical ensembles in a St John's Kirk, Gourock.
An octet from the BSI Band played for a charity fundraiser in Erskine
lots of happy tooting of carols and their ilk were had at Morrisons in Largs.
Players from the BSI Band played a varied set at Tesco Motherwell and raised £50 for band funds.
A lovely morning at Morrisson's Store in Largs. Everyone enjoyed hearing the band, and we raised £150 for band funds.
Members of the band played for customers at two Tesco stores in Lanarkshire and raised useful funds!
Our conductor for the Scottish Championships 2019 will be Robert K Dibden L.T.C.L.
Robert began his musical training as a member of the Ayr corps of the Salvation Army where he learned to play cornet. He graduated through the young peoples band then to the senior band serving as Deputy Bandmaster then Bandmaster for 30 years.
After teaching in South Ayrshire Schools as a Brass Tutor for 35 years he retired and accepted a position teaching brass and piano at the prestigious Wellington School in Ayr.
The BSI Band announced the appointment of Chris Mansfield as our new Musical Director, filling a post vacant for almost a year.
Chris is an accomplished trombonist, a graduate at bachelor's and master's level from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He plays regularly at the highest level of classical musicianship, including with the BBC. Chris also conducts Kings Park Brass in Glasgow.
Chris previously led the BSI Band to a commendable 7th place at the Scottish Regional Championships in 2015 from a standing start of only 6 weeks of practices and over a year out of competing.
We were delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Scott Roberts as our new Conductor. Scott was studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has a strong background in brass playing at the Championship level. He brought the BSI Band the best of traditional amateur music-making, with a professional edge, and an eye to the future for our happy and ambitious wee band.
Scott left to continue his musical studies in Germany in Autumn 2015. We wish him every success!
We were delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Good as our new Musical Director. Mark has been an occasional conductor at practices. Most recently led us into and through the excellent Christmas Concert. Mark is an outstanding bass trombonist, a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate, and presents a brass band programme every week on Argyll FM.
The BSI Band was delighted to announce the appointment of David Hutcheson to the post of Musical Director. David has an extensive background in professional music-making as a French Horn player, having played with such greats as Luciano Pavarotti. He also leads award-winning musical ensembles in the Inverclyde area.